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Benardete, Seth

Works: 66 works in 362 publications in 3 languages and 11,111 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Arranger, Author of introduction, Other
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Most widely held works by Seth Benardete
Leo Strauss on Plato's Symposium by Leo Strauss( Book )

51 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and German and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first major piece of unpublished work by Leo Strauss to appear in more than thirty years, Leo Strauss On Plato's "Symposium" offers the public the unprecedented experience of encountering this renowned scholar as his students did. Given as a course in autumn 1959 under the title "Plato's Political Philosophy," at the University of Chicago, these transcripts previously had circulated in samizdat fashion, passed down from one generation of students to the next. They show Strauss at his best, in his subtle and sometimes indirect style of analysis, which has attracted almost as much commentary as has the content of his thought. Strauss presents a coherent and complete interpretation of the Symposium, proceeding by a meticulous reading from beginning to end. Operating on the once common hypothesis that commentary is an excellent method of expounding the truth, Strauss sheds light not only on the meaning of the dialogue and its place in the Platonic corpus, but also on a host of important topics, including the nature of eros and its place in the overall economy of human life; the perennial quarrel between poetry and philosophy, and the relation of both to piety, politics, and morality; the character of Socrates and the questions of his trial; and many other matters. As provocative as they were a half century ago, these important lectures will be welcomed by students of classics, philosophy, politics, psychology, and political philosophy
The rhetoric of morality and philosophy : Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus by Seth Benardete( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following his discussion of the Gorgias as a dialogue about the rhetoric of morality, Benardete turns to the Phaedrus as a discourse about genuine rhetoric, namely the science of eros, or true philosophy. This novel interpretation addresses numerous issues in Plato studies: the relation between the structure of the Gorgias and the image of soul/city in the Republic, the relation between the structure of Phaedrus and the concept of eros, and Socrates' notion of ignorance, among others."--Pub. desc
Socrates' second sailing : on Plato's Republic by Seth Benardete( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Larousse Greek and Roman mythology by Joel Schmidt( Book )

3 editions published between 1965 and 1980 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seize pages de reproductions de peintures célèbres sur la mythologie classique accompagnent ce dictionnaire des divinités grecques et romaines
The being of the beautiful : Plato's Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman by Plato( Book )

21 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are no descriptions of time, place or persons, in the Sophist and Statesman, but we are plunged at once into philosophical discussions; the poetical charm has disappeared, and those who have no taste for abstruse metaphysics will greatly prefer the earlier dialogues to the later ones. Plato is conscious of the change, and in the Statesman expressly accuses himself of a tediousness in the two dialogues, which he ascribes to his desire of developing the dialectical method
The tragedy and comedy of life : Plato's Philebus by Plato( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With The Tragedy and Comedy of Life, Seth Benardete completes his examination of Plato's understanding of the beautiful, the just, and the good. Benardete first treated the beautiful in The Being of the Beautiful (1984), which dealt with the Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman; and he treated the just in Socrates Second Sailing (1989), which dealt with the Republic and sought to determine the just in its relation to the beautiful and the good. Benardete focuses in this volume on the good as discussed in the Philebus, which is widely regarded as one of Plato's most complex dialogues. Traditionally, the Philebus is interpreted as affirming the supposedly Platonic doctrine that the good resides in thought and mind rather than in pleasure or the body. Benardete challenges this view, arguing that Socrates vindicates the life of the mind over against the life of pleasure not by separating the two and advocating a strict asceticism, but by mixing pleasure and pain with mind in such a way that the philosophic life emerges as the only possible human life. Socrates accomplishes this by making use of two principles - the limited and the unlimited - and shows that the very possibility of philosophy requires not just the limited but also the unlimited, for the unlimited permeates the entirety of life as well as the endless perplexity of thinking itself. Benardete combines a probing and challenging commentary that subtly mirrors and illumines the complexities of this extraordinarily difficult dialogue with the finest English translation of the Philebus yet available. The result is a work that will be of great value to classicists, philosophers, and political theorists alike
Herodotean inquiries by Seth Benardete( Book )

32 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Herodotus' Inquiries should be regarded as our best and most complete document for pre-Socratic philosophy. Without being a work of philosophy, its plan and intention cannot be understood apart from philosophy. Here an attempt is made to uncover Herodotus' plan and intention and to link them with their philosophic roots."--Jacket
Plato's "Laws" : the discovery of being by Seth Benardete( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Laws was Plato's last work, his longest, and one of his most difficult. An abstract ideal not intended for any actual community, the Laws seems to provide practical guidelines for the establishment and maintenance of political order in the real world. With this book, Seth Benardete offers an insightful analysis of and commentary on this rich and complex dialogue. Each chapter corresponds to one of the twelve books of the Laws, illuminating the major themes and arguments, among them the difference between the atemporal structure of the good and the temporal structure of the law; how experience deviates from the law; the relation between justice and moderation in light of theology and the soul; the relation of administrative structure to the city; and criminal law and the assumptions it must make about the structure of the soul. As he explicates the major themes and arguments of the dialogue, Benardete also shows how these strands of argument are interwoven throughout the Laws and then sets them against the quite different arguments on the same themes found in The Republic and The Statesman."--Jacket
The argument of the action : essays on Greek poetry and philosophy by Seth Benardete( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benardete's original interpretations are the fruits of this discovery of "the argument of the action.""--Jacket
Sacred transgressions : a reading of Sophocles' Antigone by Seth Benardete( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This commentary on the action and argument of Sophocles' Antigone is meant to be a reflection on and response to Hegel's interpretation in the Phenomenology (VI. A.a-b), and includes, in addition, two appendixes dealing with Aeschylus' Septem. It thus moves within the principles Hegel discovers in the play but reinserts them into the play as they show themselves across the eccentricities of its plot. Wherever plot and principles do not match, there is a glimmer of the argument: Haemon speaks up for the city and Tiresias for the divine law but neither for Antigone. The guard who reports the burial and presents Antigone to Creon is as important as Antigone or Creon for understanding Antigone. The Chorus too in their inconsistent thoughtfulness have to be taken into account, and in particular how their understanding of the canniness of man reveals Antigone in their very failure to count her as a sign of man's uncanniness: She who is below the horizon of their awareness is at the heart of their speech. Megareus, the older son of Creon, who sacrificed his life for the city, looms as large as Eurydice, whose suicide has nothing in common with Antigone's. She is "all-mother": Antigone is anti-generation."--Jacket
Plato's Theaetetus by Plato( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Object was to make accessible to students of Philospy who cannot easily read the Greek test, two masterpieces of Plato's later period, concerned with questions that still hold a living interest. Dialogues may have a fresh interpretation not unwelcome
Achilles and Hector : the Homeric hero by Seth Benardete( Book )

11 editions published between 1955 and 2005 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato's Statesman by Platón( Book )

8 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theaetetus, the Sophist, and the Statesman are a trilogy of Platonic dialogues that show Socrates formulating his conception of philosophy as he prepares the defense for his trial. Originally published together as The Being of the Beautiful, these translations can be read separately or as a trilogy. Each includes an introduction, extensive notes, and comprehensive commentary that examines the trilogy's motifs and relationships. -- Back cover
Plato's Sophist by Plato( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leo Strauss on Plato's Symposium by Leo Strauss( Book )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encounters & reflections : conversations with Seth Benardete : with Robert Berman, Ronna Burger, and Michael Davis by Seth Benardete( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By turns wickedly funny and profoundly illuminating, Encounters and Reflections presents a captivating and unconventional portrait of the life and works of Seth Benardete. One of the leading scholars of ancient thought, Benardete here reflects on both the people he knew and the topics that fascinated him throughout his career in a series of candid, freewheeling conversations with Robert Berman, Ronna Burger, and Michael Davis. The first part of the book discloses vignettes about fellow students, colleagues, and acquaintances of Benardete's who later became major figures in the academic and int
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The rhetoric of morality and philosophy : Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus
Alternative Names
Benardete, S. G.

Benardete, S. G. 1930-2001

Benardete, S. G. (Seth Gabrielito)

Benardete, Seth G.

Benardete, Seth G. 1930-2001

Benardete, Seth G. (Seth Gabrielito)

Benardete, Seth Gabrielito

Benardete, Seth Gabrielito 1930-2001

Seth Benardete American philologist

Seth Benardete Amerikaans taalkundige (1930-2001)

Seth Benardete US-amerikanischer Altphilologe

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The rhetoric of morality and philosophy : Plato's Gorgias and PhaedrusSocrates' second sailing : on Plato's RepublicThe being of the beautiful : Plato's Theaetetus, Sophist, and StatesmanThe tragedy and comedy of life : Plato's PhilebusHerodotean inquiriesPlato's "Laws" : the discovery of beingThe argument of the action : essays on Greek poetry and philosophySacred transgressions : a reading of Sophocles' Antigone